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Poetic justice : the literary imagination and public life

Author: Martha Craven Nussbaum
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Beacon Press, ©1995.
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Public discourse has become increasingly vitriolic and punitive toward those who don't seem to fit America's "mainstream." Relying excessively on stereotypes and models of human behavior based on economic self-interest, we too often fail--in public policy-making, legislation, and judicial reasoning--to see one another as fully human. In Poetic Justice, one of our most prominent philosophers and public intellectuals  Read more...
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Nussbaum, Martha Craven, 1947-
Poetic justice.
Boston, Mass. : Beacon Press, ©1995
(OCoLC)605315496
Online version:
Nussbaum, Martha Craven, 1947-
Poetic justice.
Boston, Mass. : Beacon Press, ©1995
(OCoLC)607852724
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Martha Craven Nussbaum
ISBN: 0807041084 9780807041086 0807041092 9780807041093
OCLC Number: 32510284
Description: xix, 143 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Preface --
1. The literary imagination --
2. Fancy --
3. Rational emotions --
4. Poets as judges.
Responsibility: Martha C. Nussbaum.

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Public discourse has become increasingly vitriolic and punitive toward those who don't seem to fit America's "mainstream." Relying excessively on stereotypes and models of human behavior based on economic self-interest, we too often fail--in public policy-making, legislation, and judicial reasoning--to see one another as fully human. In Poetic Justice, one of our most prominent philosophers and public intellectuals explores how literature can contribute to a more just society. As readers of literature, Nussbaum argues, we may glimpse the interior experiences of other people. Above all, reading asks us to imagine the value of their lives. Through such works as Hard Times and Native Son, Nussbaum shows how novels and novel reading develop a fully humanistic, not pseudo-scientific, conception of public reasoning. She brilliantly illustrates how the literary imagination is not opposed to public rationality, but is an essential ingredient of just public discourse and a democratic society. --From dust jacket.

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